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382 Maximising the relevance and dissemination of the IOC medical consensus statements: what are the consensus statements and how are they used in literature?
  1. Caroline Finch1,
  2. Lauren Fortington1,
  3. Marelise Badenhorst4,
  4. Rebecca Handcock1,
  5. Evert Verhagen2,
  6. Martin Schwellnus5,
  7. Carolyn Emery3,
  8. Kati Pasanen3,
  9. Wayne Derman4
  1. 1Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP), School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia
  2. 2Amsterdam Collaboration on Health and Safety in Sports, Department of Public and Occupational Health, Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  3. 3Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
  4. 4Insitute of Sport and Exercise Medicine, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  5. 5Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Institute (SEMLI), University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa


Background The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical and Scientific Commission has a goal to provide guidance on athlete health for sports organisations. One strategy to meet this goal has been the development and publication of sports medicine consensus statements. It is currently unknown if there has been use of the consensus statements or if the overall goal of the statements – to improve athlete health and wellbeing - has been achieved.

Objective To identify and summarise citation measures of the IOC medical consensus statements.

Design Citation analysis.

Methods IOC medical consensus statements published from 2004 to 2018, and citing publications, were sourced from the IOC website, Scopus database and Google Scholar. Descriptive analyses over time of the number of consensus statements and citing documents with summaries of the authorship countries and keywords. Citation analyses were conducted to model links between consensus statements and citing publications, field weighted citation index (FWCI), and the SCImago Journal Ranking.

Results Twenty-seven consensus statements linked to the IOC medical and scientific commission were identified, addressing a range of topics from broad health and social issues to specific clinical topics. Authors from 30 countries contributed to the statements while citing papers were authored from 86 countries. Concussion was the most prominent key term in all citing documents. The youth athletic development statement has the highest FWCI (19.6), followed by concussion(18.8); load(12.3); relative energy deficiency(11.3); platelet-rich plasma(10.1); and supplements(9.9).

Conclusions Several consensus statements are widely used and cited in the literature while others have been less impactful through citation measures. The countries that use and cite consensus statements are much more diverse globally than those that author them. Consideration of how the statements are used in practice and outside of the academic literature needs to be explored.

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